President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the government is developing an exit strategy to return the country to normal life.
At a meeting with the leadership of the University Teachers Association at the Jubilee House in Accra this afternoon, the President said the pandemic has affected businesses and social life in Ghana.
Currently, the country has recorded over 2000 COVID 19 cases with 17 deaths.
President Akufo-Addo indicated that the ban on social gathering and closure of borders cannot continue forever and added that the government is considering a permanent solution to the pandemic, while improving existing measures to curtail the spread of the virus
President Akufo Addo commended scientists at the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for leading research into finding a cure for the virus and developing a COVID 19 test kits which can give sample results in minutes.
He commended UTAG for its contribution and cooperation “and commitment to work side by side with government to make sure we come out intelligently and as soon as possible”.
President AKufo-Addo touched on the Ghana National Research Fund currently before Cabinet and indicated that the bill for establishment of the fund will be sent to Parliament soon for approval.
The President of UTAG, Dr Charles Marfo, on his part, commended the President for creating the opportunity for the academia to contribute to the fight against the pandemic.
“Your Excellency, it will interest you to know that we have been doing other things. For example, UDS is embarking on sensitization projects in various languages. KNUST has been doing same. So we are in this together. We appreciate your leadership and we want to assure you that we will continue to do what we can do to support your leadership” he said.
Dr Marfo touched on the Public University Bill, indicating that government should create opportunities for members of UTAG to contribute to the bill to make it better